I have been investigating the Olympics for nearly 15 years, focusing primarily on the media, culture, politics and the doping debate within the Olympic Movement. I am particularly interested in the way that the Olympics commands global political attention and the values upon which it is based, which articulate its role as an international social movement. My work focuses on scrutinizing these dimensions.
Besides studying the broad dimensions of the Olympic programme, I have conducted fieldwork at every winter and summer Olympics since Sydney 2000 working often as a an accredited journalist.
I was also a supervising Professor at the International Olympic Academy, spent time researching at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne and saw shot putt at the Ancient Stadium of Olympia during the Athens 2004 Olympics.
On the approach to the London 2012 Games, I have been involved with a number of projects, often linked to the Cultural Olympiad.
Further information about each is provided below, but you can also select my Olympics category to see posts related to this topic.
Advisory roles on London 2012 Projects
- London 2012 Transfer of Knowledge Research Programme, Research Lead on new media and broadcasting.
- InMotion, Wellcome Trust project for Edinburgh International Science Festival
- Human Race, Advisory Board (Scotland Cultural Olympiad project)
- #media2012, co-founder and Champion, UK wide citizen journalism project
- Abandon Normal Devices, Curatorial team (North West Cultural Olympiad Project)
- Culture @ the Olympics, Editor-in-Chief (online magazine since 2000)
- Miah, A. & Garcia, B. (2012) The Olympics: the Basics (Routledge, 2012)
- Miah, A. & Jones, J. (2012) The Olympic Movement’s New Media Revolution: Monetization, Open Media & Intellectual Property, In: Wagg, S. & Lenskyj, H. Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave.
- Miah. A. (2011) The Worth of the International Olympic Academy. 50th Anniversary book of the International Olympic Academy, IOA Greece.
- Miah, A. (2011) Bioethical Concerns in a Culture of Human Enhancement. In Bouchard, C. & Hoffman, E. Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sport Performance. Lausanne, International Olympic Committee, 383-392.
- Adi, A. & Miah, A. (2011) Open Source Protest: Rights, Online Activism, and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Cottle, S. & Lester, L. Transnational Protests and the Media. Peter Lang,213-224.
- Miah, A. Garcia, B. & Zhihui, T. (2008) We Are the Media: Alternative Voices and Non-Accredited Media at the Olympic Games. In Dayan, D. & Price, M. Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China. University of Michigan Press pp.320-345.
Games I’ve attended
- Sydney 2000 /
- Salt Lake City 2002 /
- Athens 2004 /
- Torino 2006 /
- Beijing 2008 /
- Vancouver 2010 /
- London 2012 /